Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom – Review

“Moonrise Kingdom” was just recently released on DVD this past October. This film marks Wes Anderson’s 11th attempt at assaulting our senses, and in a way only he can.

Wes Anderson has had a cult following for more than 10 years now. Since his first film, “Bottle Rocket,” in 1996, fans and movie buffs have been admiring Anderson’s  meticulous eye for detail.

Anderson is well known not only for his storytelling, but for his hard to emulate cinematography. He somehow has the ability to turn every shot of a two hour film into a piece by piece work of art.

Anderson has acquired quite the reputation with films like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Darjeeling Limited” under his directing belt. His films have, in turn, become  highly anticipated. Anderson’s most recent film, Moonrise Kingdom, will not disappoint fans of his work.

The movie was also written by Roman Coppala, brother of Sofia Coppala. The film stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward,  Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Maury, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton.

The story takes place in dreary New England during the 1960’s. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play two children, Sam and Suzy, who are desperate to escape their troubled homes. Suzy is one of 4 children, the only girl, and the most angry. She is oftentimes neglected and has a problem with rage. Sam is an adopted child of dead parents who struggles to feel accepted. Sam and Suzy find what they are looking for emotionally in each other, and partake on a quest toward premature adulthood. They end up running away together and experience life for the first time without restraint.

Moonrise Kingdom is more of a visual experience than a mental one. Each scene of this film looks like the best photograph ever taken. During the film, one gets the feeling that this film is loosely, if not fully, based on Anderson’s childhood.

Moonrise Kingdom is available now at Target for $19.99. At Amazon.com it is $14.99 on DVD, $19.99 on Blu-ray, and $3.99 to rent through Amazon Instant Video. It’s also available through iTunes for $14.99.

Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? Share your thoughts about the film in the comments section below.

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